Hensley Lake and Reports

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Monday, December 26th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 52.0 to 54.9

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bass here are being caught on jigs baby brushogs and on drop shot rigs. Alot of bass are between 12 and 15 inches there have been a few reports very few going to 3 pounds. Bass are holding in 20 to 40 feet of water dam area, long points deeper water on both side of the points also dropoffs and channels are all holding bass. Jigs in 1/4 oz Bullet head or 3/8oz. arkie or football head in green pumpkin/black green crystal & yamamoto 5" single or twin tail grubs in 208 color for trailers on the jigs. Traffic is light afternoon bite is better
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Fish slow bite is much lighter than the eastman bite
    long points face of the dam river channela and dropoffs with deeper water near by stay in 20 to 40 feet of water

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Caught 7 on a square bill crank across the Damn. One good bite on a deep water hump.
    City: madera

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 52-56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This is tough winter bass fishing at Hensley. Bass fishing is slow at this lake but it is quite possible to nail a few very nice size bass if fishing slow with either jigs, baby brush hogs or dead sticking senkos. No reaction bite at all today for my partner and I.

    Broke off a trophy bass in a cove of about 11 pounds on a jig. That will surely keep us coming back for more...
    City: Fresno

    Tips: Fish slow, slow, slow. My first choice is a 1/4 ounce football jig with a 4 inch yamamoto trailer. Good luck!

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 48.6 to 51.0

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Traffic here for bass fishing is very light bass are in 18 to 40 feet of water and are in the 12 to 15 range and are falling to jigs and baby brushogs and yamamoto hula grubs.Color patterns
    green pumpkin and watermelon red/black flake patterns baits well catch bass here. Bass are holding in coves on the face of the dam and in the 5mph. Structure rock piles long points brush piles and trees and drop offs. Trout fisherman are scoring good numbers of trout on powerbait from the bank
    City: madera ca

    Tips: fish slow dead sticking and slow swim bumping the bottom back to the boat works here also. Jigs in bullet or football head and baby brushogs and hula grubs all work here also.

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 56.3 to 58. 5

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Bass here are in the 11 to 14 range with and occasional bass to 2 pounds. The face of the dam is holding bass in 19 to 40 of water jigs drop shot and baby brushogs also are working here.Other areas to work around the lake rock piles dropoff trees and a another good areas to hit are the river channel the deep parts if the channel are also holding fish. Traffic is light. Trout are hitting rooster tail spinners and mepp's spinners and also rainbow color powerbait is also working.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Fish slow bass are biting on the light side if you fell weight when you move your bait then set most of the time you wont miss. jigs in bullet and football head work good right now and trailers yamamoto 4" double tails grubs but with the colder temps move to a 5" single tail grub or pork they all 3 work.Brushogs go carolina rig these baits for good results. drop shot you can hit them with pro gold patterns.

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 56.5 to 59.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: bass here are from 11 to 14 inches and well hit 1/4 bullet head jig and 3/8oz arkie head jigs in brown and purple or black and blue yamomoto 5"single tail grubs as trailers in 221 cinnamon w/lg black &
    purple flake and 179 smoke w/black & blue flake . FISH LONG DEEP POINTS AND ISOLATED ROCK PILES HUMPS WITH DEEP WATER fish in 20 to 35 feet of water.
    City: madera

    Tips: Fish slow keep solid contact with the structure your working on the bitr is light.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: cooler nights bring bass to rocks and so does the crappie..

    no winds..water calm..
    City: Fresno, Ca

    Tips: Was suppose to go out before sunset to get the late day bite..missed it by 2 hours due to friends..decided to just do the night bite..crappies are back..got them on jigs!..not minnows..crappies = bass..water was calm..no wind..topwater was no good..lipless crank failed..slowed it down with a wave worm bamboo stick..got two hits right away..missed them..switched up to 5/0..got them!!..bass for 2 pounds..still aggressive

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 78 degrees

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Myself and a friend went out about 7:00am and caught a decent amount of crappie. Then I began bass fishing used a senko texas rigged in shallow area near shore and caught a 17" largemouth and a couple small throw backs. Decided to move towards the back channel and noticed a lot of bass jumping went to some spook jr.'s and caught a couple more throw backs. Hit a channel towards the back right and wacky wormed for awhile and only got one small throw back. Decided to hit the dam before we left and used some rapala original cranks and I landed a 18 and 1/4" on my 3rd cast by a rock pile. That was my limit of two over 15" my buddy, wanted to go back crappie fishing and caught a couple more and we left, black and green tube worked well for the crappie. Over all was a good trip, went on a weekday so not too many people out there. Will be back soon to try again, fishing report says don't waste your time, but I always give it a try and usually still have luck. Warning though is water is very low so be careful and aware.
    City: Madera

    Tips: poppers in the morning, and senkos texas rigged when it warm up. If the wind picks up go near the dam and try some deep diver crank.

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 74 to 77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Bass from 12 to 15 inches long can be caught here in depths of 5 to 20 feet on jigs, baby brushogs, wacky style senko's. Top water baits are also working rico's and buzzbaits early morning or late evening. Traffic here is also light during the week.
    City: madera ca

    Tips: Small finesse jigs with 4" twin tail grubs as your trailers are my first choice here. Bass are holding in coves around rock piles on brush piles and on flats and around trees.

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 72 to 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We fished the lake friday afternoon it was windy so we went too crankbaits frog color pattern and citrus shad pattern and both work.Big fish was 4 pounds but most bass were 11 to 15 inches long. Traffic was light alot of bank fisherman and some were catching nice crappie. The dam held most of the fish we caught.
    City: madera ca

    Tips: Crank around rock structure bass are holding on it.

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: date is 6/23/10 not 7/23/10 sorry for the mistake
    City: madera ca.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 58-60

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got to the lake at dawn and headed to the upper end. Started throwing blades, shallow crank,and lipless crank with no takers Swiched to a senko and soon had my first keeper 2.5lbs. After a while with no bites went to a brown jig with a green pumpkin baby brush hog trailer. Caught four on the jig 1.5-2lbs. All fish came from 12 feet or less.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: Go fishing!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

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    Water Temp: n/a

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bass here are also shallow i drove from eastman to here this afternoon and also threw green pumpkin 1/4 oz jigs w/4" twin tail grub watermelon red/black flake (208)and caught several good solid 14 to 15 inch bass on flats this lake was very busy today also with boating and bank fisherman.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: jigs,senko's,baby brushogs,lizards, blades char/white will all work here now colors here same as eastman junebug, black/blue, watermelon red/black flake. green pumpkin,bas are moving up here also and will stay up now.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 57+

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished here last weekend (3/21), threw everything in the tackle and got two fish we never got to see. Husband fished today with a buddy and he got nothing and his buddy got a 2.5lber. Fished all day, windy as all get out both weekends. Im ready for the hubby to take me to Eastman. First car there last weekend and not a place to park when we left...total zoo.
    City: Clovis

    Tips: Threw spinners, soft jerks, every plastic color out there and only caught with Senkos bullet weight or weightless. Both fish we never saw were in 20+ feet of water...nothing in shallows.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: the bass here are starting to move up in the coves jigs & senko's baby brushhogs are all working right now.
    Jigs are crawdad patterns senkos watermelon baby brushogs watermelon

    Tips: Bass are moving up into the coves in depths of 10 to 25 feet. Jigs fished 1/8 1/4 & 3/8 oz Slow down work area well some bass are holding around isolated rock structure.

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 53

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went the 8th and let the kids do some shore fishing since dad worked and didnt want to deal with the boat myself. They caught their trout but i wont let out my secret mixed colors i use to catch em. I can tell you this, people were offering to buy a ball of what i was making up...lol. Before it hits the bottom, fish on. I walked the shore and thinking no way will i catch a bass in this cold water...i was wrong. Dont want to post how good i did but i was able to land a few 3lbers in shallow water.
    City: Clovis

    Tips: My only tip is powerbait for trout and big or little senkos for bass. You cant go wrong with the red senkos and if u use the big ones, cut them in half. Enjoy, see you there one day.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Mostly small bass being reported caught here Water level here is very low and calling before heading to the lake is a good idea. Some jig fish are being caught and wacky worm senko's are also working on bass from 12 to 14 inches and in depths of 6 to 20 feet. Traffic is very light during the week FOR MORE INFO 559-673-5151
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Any watermelon color baits work here right now

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Smallier bass here on again live bait in med minnows are catchin bass in 15 to 30 feet of water.Jigs are also working here and brushogs well land a few up to 15 inches long

    Tips: fish dam area with live bait jigs and brushogs are working on long points flats and brush piles or rock piles. Smallier fish here but fun to catch. trout falling to powerbait off the banks with limits coming pretty easy.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Water coming up trout plants have been made bass are on the move check for more info on getting on the lake 559-673-5151 lake ranger station.

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Both ramps are block do too low water car top or float tubes can be used. 559-673-5151
    City: kerman ca.